The Cazenovia Board of Education on June 16 appointed Eric Knuth, left, the new Cazenovia High School principal, and Terry Ward, right, the new director of special education. Incoming Cazenovia Superintendent Matt Reilly, middle, made the final selection choice for both positions.
Photo by Jason Emerson.
Cazenovia With Cazenovia’s 2013-14 school year just days from ending, a new district director of special education and a new high school principal have been selected for the 2014-15 school year.
Terry Ward and Eric Knuth were unanimously appointed by the Cazenovia Board of Education during its June 16 regular monthly meeting. Both men were introduced at the meeting by incoming Cazenovia District Superintendent Matt Reilly, who took the lead on hiring the two positions as part of his transition into creating his own administrative team once he takes charge of the district on July 1.
“We’re really moving in a great direction here,” Reilly said. “We’re building a great team. I’m excited. I can’t wait for July 1.”
Reilly was appointed in February to be the next Cazenovia superintendent. He will succeed current Superintendent Bob Dubik, who retires June 30.
Barely one month after his appointment, Reilly began the process to replace Joanne Dunkle, director of special education for more than 10 years, and Eric Schnabl, Cazenovia High School principal since 2005. Dunkle announced her intention to retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year, while Schnabl resigned in order to accept the position of superintendent with Sherburne-Earlville Central Schools.
“These are two of the most important jobs in the district, and I want to make sure we get it right by putting in place people whose leadership styles mesh with my own and are a good match for the district,” Reilly said in April.
The district advertised the open positions and had various district stakeholder groups (staff, students, administrators and community members) participate in the vetting process to help narrow the field of candidates. Reilly interviewed the top candidates and made the final selections.
For director of special education, Reilly selected Terry Ward, whose education experience includes work as a special education teacher, general education teacher, assistant principal, elementary school principal, visiting assistant professor and district data coordinator. For the past five years, Ward has been working closely with Cazenovia Central Schools as their part-time district data coordinator leading Cazenovia’s district data team and serving as a member of the building level data teams.